Greater San Diego encompasses a huge swatch of the southernmost tip of California, spreading far into the deserts and mountains outside of the city proper. With a warm climate, it’s almost never a bad day as bicyclists and surfers ply the beach and downtown San Diego bustles with industry, skyscrapers and students. The San Diego Zoo and Escondido's ... Read more
Safari Park are some of the world’s best examples of animals roaming (semi-) free, while Sea World houses the most famous cetacean ever, Shamu. The high-end community of La Jolla offers harbor seals and luxury shopping. Point Loma offers open waters perfect for whale watching, and further up north are Legoland and the Flower Fields at Carlsbad. Within a day’s travel are the Carrizo badlands (a forbidding desert where mastodons once roamed), the country mountain town of Julian (popular for apple picking and cider tasting in the fall, and - gasp! - snow in the winter), and the wild backcountry of Palomar Mountain and the Cleveland National Forest. Wineries dot the northern and eastern regions, craft beer and breweries abound in North County, and wild border town Tijuana is a short drive south.

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A famously welcoming climate graces the San Diego area. You're unlikely to need an umbrella with just 12 inches of rain a year, and temperatures are like a warm hug year round. Most travelers visit in summer, ... Read more
though the months which see the most sun are actually December to February. Prospects for a perfect tan may be frustrated by fog in May and June, so if a beach vacation is your bag, skip those months, but overall, travelers are free to enjoy the sea lions, beaches, and trendy Gaslamp Quarter without much worry for the weather.

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Brooklyn

Great getaway, awesome Tex-mex food and lovely weather. Shopping was ideal and public trans/trolley very convenient.

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Los Angeles

Home to suburbs, beach front, biotech enterprises, the navy and marvelous weather yet it still feels artificial - like a six year old pretending to be an adult.

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Puerto Vallarta

Sand Diego is amazingly beautiful! And it has everything... the beach, the city, good weather, laid back yet active and engaged people. Love it here!

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Schenectady

Greater San Diego is a collection of Old world of Spanish expansion. Great Mexican food to try at many different restaurants. Along with great historical sites and other attraction to visit. Disability access and Disability Parking is limited in some activities.

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Menlo Park

When it comes to beach towns, San Diego is hard to beat. Its big, but laid back, with amazing beaches dotted with surfers, incredible fish tacos and a broad selection of bars and restaurants for every taste. There are also a number of cool attractions - from the world renowned San Diego zoo to the USS Midway Museum.

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Myrtle Beach

San Diego is a very big city with beautiful beaches, a lot of great, ethnic and fusion restaurants, and beautiful people you'd think many are models. Hotels can be expensive if you want to stay by the beach. Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Ocean Beach are some of the San Diego beaches that you must visit. Be adventurist and try a lot of interesting restaurants. Also, visit the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, LEGOLAND California and Safari Park!

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Local from San Diego

San Diego is the best I have lived there for over 10 years. Some of the best parks, food is the best well I love mexican food. And there is so many things to do.

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Covina

I love SD. Such a beautiful city. Lots of beachs and delicious food everywhere I go. Make sure to check out the beaches

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San Francisco

From the San Diego Zoo to the USS Midway Museum and the Gas Lamp District, there's a lot to love about San Diego. Don't forget to grab lunch at Lucha Libre Taco Shop which is wrestling themed!

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Local from San Diego

Home of sun, sand, and surf. What more could you want? San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in America, plus it has every climate and terrain you could hope for, in case, you know, you get bored of the constant sunshine.

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